FINZEL — Ten people were hurt Sunday following a series of fog-induced, chain-reaction crashes on Interstate 68.
Maryland State Police said 58 vehicles were involved in 29 separate crashes, which occurred about 12:35 p.m. on Big Savage Mountain in the interstate’s westbound lanes.
The injured were taken to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Highway cameras installed along the interstate showed the mountain blanketed with fog. Troopers were investigating as to whether there were other factors that contributed to the accidents.
The highway’s westbound lanes were closed for about four hours, creating a lengthy traffic backup on one of the busiest travel days of the year. More than 49 million people were expected to travel by vehicle for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the American Automobile Association.
To the east, traffic was rerouted to U.S. Route 40 through Frostburg, which caused delays along that city’s Main Street.
It’s not the first time fog has contributed to a crash on the mountain.
In 2003, a string of chain-reaction crashes involving more than 80 vehicles killed two people and injured nearly 100 others.